ABOUT ENGLISH SETTERS
There are two distinct types of English Setters. Bench setters tend to be larger with longer coats and heavier lips. This is the type of English Setter that you would see in a dog show. Field setters are smaller and lighter than bench setters and tend to have a much shorter coat. They are also known to be quite exuberant and full of life.
Both types of English Setters are generally joyful, snugly dogs who love to bond with their human pack. English Setters should never be kept as outside dogs. You will find that they are happiest when able to spend equal time outside chasing critters and inside being loved by their family.
Almost all of the dogs you will find up for adoption through ACES are field English Setters. We rarely have bench setters come into our rescue.
The English Setter coat comes in blue (white with black ticking), orange (white with orange/brown ticking), tricolor (white with black and brown ticking) and liver (white with chestnut/liver ticking). The amount of ticking on each dog varies. Spots of color are usually small, but larger patches are also common. The English Setter coat is usually fine and flat, with feathering on the ears, tail, legs and stomach. Since the coat and feathers are so fine, weekly brushing is recommended in order to avoid matting.
English Setters are an extremely active breed and need plenty of daily exercise to be happy and healthy. Bred to set or point upland game birds, they can become very focused when there are birds and critters around. This focus can often be at the exclusion of anything else around them. Although they are very smart and possess a strong desire to please, they do not always have the best recall due to their "birdiness." Since a field setter can run many miles in a very short period of time, they should not be trusted off leash in an unfenced area. Exercise by leash walking alone is not recommended for such an energetic breed, so a safely fenced area is a must. Not providing an English Setter with ample opportunity to release their energy may lead to unwanted behavior.
Although they love affection and bond strongly with their family members, field setters can also be very strong-willed and mischievous. This personality stems from their need to do their job of birding and their need for continual exercise. They require a family who is willing and able to give them the attention, training, and level of activity that they need.
As long as they get enough exercise and stimulation, field setters will settle down in the house and become your own personal lap warmer. English Setters are sweet and sensitive and thrive on lots of love and companionship. Their often goofy antics will keep you laughing. They will respond best to positive rewards and gentle training methods.
Homeless English Setters are always available for adoption. ACES is swamped with requests to help needy setters, and we are always looking for foster homes, as well as people who are willing to give a forever home to one of these great dogs.
We at ACES believe that the English Setter is the best kept secret of the dog world.